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stag-whistleLike my game I ran the following day, this session was unfortunately short.  However, this was primarily due to the three new people making characters.  Needing a way to introduce these newcomers, I explained that they were part of a merchant caravan travelling from Winterhaven to Fallcrest.  Though the merchants have heard the bandit threat had ended, there were those who did not want to take any chances and hired on mercenaries.  Unfortunately, the merchant’s fears were confirmed as the caravan was ambushed and everyone was either captured or killed. (more…)

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chainsSo, as the summer winds down and year end activities begin to creep up on us, our sessions will, unfortunately, become shorter and shorter.  This was one such session.

The last week ended with the rescue of an old dwarf spirit from his earthly vow to guard an old clan tomb.  Varrack, originally clanless, was made a member of the Ironcracker clan before the spirit left for Dwarfhome.  With the tomb resealed and everyone refreshed from a decent night’s rest, they resumed their trek down the tunnels in search of a way out.  Or at least a few answers to the body snatching. (more…)

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Picture-2There are very few magazines out there I’d ever had, or wanted to have, a subscription to.  Dragon and Dungeon were two of them.  There was something enjoyable about grabbing your new copy, plopping down into a comfy chair, and pouring over what new articles, rules, humor, and other magical tidbits were inside.  And then WotC went digital.  Not my favorite of decisions made by them as that little piece of enjoyment was suddenly snatched away and replaced with pixels and light.

But, since I found myself a fan of the newest edition and wanted to keep up on the issues, I grabbed myself a DDI subscription and continued reading.  Some might wonder why, with a subscription to the digi copies, I would grab a copy of an article compilation I already had the articles for.   In some small way, I’d hoped to find that little happy place I would find myself going to with the old dead tree magazines. (more…)

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dnd-movieposterWhile browsing the RPG Blogger Network today, I came across a post by The Escapist informing us of a possible new D&D movie in the works.  While the first movie was a horrible mess, I enjoyed their second attempt, Wrath of the Dragon God.  It felt like the people who made WotDG knew a bit more about D&D than those who just wanted to make a movie with the D&D name on it.  In fact, if you watch the extras on the DVD, you see scenes with the actors reading the 3.5 PHB.  Of course, this could have just been staged for the extras, but it’s a nice thought. (more…)

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chainsBoy, I seem to have alot of Fellowships don’t I?

Last we left our heroes, they had chosen to brave the dark curtain beyond the door in the cellar and found themselves in a fairly barren room, save two statues along one side of an old, faded circle they thought must have once magical.  As predicted, the two statues had come to life when Liarra got close to the circle and they launched an attack against those in the room.  Hearing the sounds of battle, Grengal and Legazi decided to brave the fire trap on the other side of the dark curtain to aid their friends.  Thanks to a big of teamwork, the group made short work of the statues and proceeded to give the room a good once over, curious why an empty room would have guards, but nothing else.  Unfortunately, they discovered nothing to indicate why this room even exists.  They decided to instead investigate the trapdoor and ladder they blocked off earlier. (more…)

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stag-whistleA while ago, my Friday evenings were filled with the sounds of clattering dice and friendly conversation and gaming.  However, a need to focus on my return to school forced me to put gaming on hiatus which meant my Friday gaming nights, a tradition for me for 10+ years, came to an unfortunate end.  However, after school ended for the semester, I found myself wanting for gaming once more. 

After several weeks, a discussion came up with some friends regarding the newest Battlelords book.  This led to several of those same folks stating they’d love to try an RPG, having never really gamed before.  The initial plan was to try one shot adventures with several different games and see what appeals to them.  We started out on Battlelords (A poor choice IMO for newbies, but I was eager to try and run it again) which has worked alright so far.  But this past week, several players were at different conventions, so the remainder of us, along with another newcomer, pulled out 4e to introduce those new folks to the world of Dungeons and Dragons (sans the magical roller coaster ride). (more…)

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compassAs I mentioned in a previous post today, 4e’s release has given me inspiration to design my own custom setting to play in.  Another great source of inspiration came from my love of the Forgotten Realms and how it came to be.  So, I’ve decided to open up suggestions to my players; find out what they would like to see in a setting and see if it fits within the basic structure I’m working on.

 

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